Submitted July 9, 2008 by a customer from yahoo.com
Epiphone Thunderbird IV Customer Review
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I would buy this again and again. Yes, it would be cool to have a Gibson Thunderbird (not a stuio). But, because I don't have $2000 laying around and am unsure if I would actually spend that on a guitar if I did, I'll stick with this. It's awesome.
I have a MIM Jazz bass with upgraded pickups and I still love playing my Thunderbird. It has a great range of crystal clear tones. Basically, the neck pickup is the jazz sounding pickup. It's great and warm and smooth. The bridge pickup, which is the one I primarily use, is more similar to the p-bass. It's thumpy and growly. Put them both up to 10 and it's earth shaking. You can pretty much do anything with this bass from hard rock to jazz and R&B. I personally like it for its mid-range attack. It gets really close to that Peter Hook sound I love.
It has 2 pickups. There is a volume knob for each pickup and an overall tone knob for the bass. What more do you need? I think two tone knobs would be stupid for a bass guitar, so I'm giving it a 10.
Ease of Use
This thing is a beast. I can handle it, but it's a little heavier than most basses and a bit awkward sometimes. First, I moved the strap button to behind the neck to balance out the nexk dive. Second, you will not be able to comfortably play this sitting down if you are using your fingers (as opposed to a pick). The body's shape obstructs your arm. Lastly, and this won't happen a lot because this thing NEVER loses its tune, but the tiny close together tuners are a pain to wind, especially when you change strings.
This thing is a tank. I've bumped it a few times. I'm sure it could dent, but I would definitely use this thing in a fight. Seriously, I don't keep a backup. This thing is basically indestructible. The case for the t-bird is also a rock and locks it in tight, so I would travel with it. And, it just feels super high quality. I've had this bass for a couple years now and I don't see it ever wearing out.
For $300 bucks, you aren't going to get anything better than this. Actually save your money on a $400 bass, buy this and put some more money into your amp, where it will matter.
I've never had to reach out to Epiphone, but I bought this bass from zZounds and got it super quick in excellent condition.
The Wow Factor
If you play this, you WILL get noticed. Play a Fender and some chicks might think it looks cool. Play a t-bird on stage and everyone will love it.
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